Nicole Renee Taylor aka Niki Taylor(5 March 1975) was one of the top models of the early 1990s. Along with her sister Krissy, she appeared with all the top supermodels of the day. Niki has a distinctive beauty mark above her lip which gives her a distinctive look.
|Niki Taylor Vogue UK circa 1992|
Niki is from Fort Lauderdale and always wanted to become a model. She was one of three girls, with Joelle (older) and Krissy (younger). At age 13, the was accepted by a Florida agency. From there, she won a Fresh Faces contest in New York. The $500,000 modelling contract sent her on her way.
By 1991, at the age of 16, Niki was president of her own company, Niki, Inc. However, she stayed in school, studying special effects for film and TV after she graduated from high school.
She was the youngest model to sign a major cosmetics contract with L'Oréal for Cover Girl. Naturally, she has appeared on covers around the world for the past 25 years, including the following sampling:
US: 'Vogue' - April 1991; 'Glamour' - May 1991; 'Allure' - September 1991; 'Seventeen' - January 1992; 'Harper´s Bazaar' - May 1992; 'Cosmopolitan' - January 1993; 'Seventeen' - January 1993; 'YM Young & Modern' - March 1993; 'Cosmopolitan' - June 1994; 'Teen' - April 1994; 'Vogue' - April 1994; 'Ocean Drive' - July 1995; 'YM Young & Modern' - September 1995; 'Allure' - March, May & October 1996; 'Cosmopolitan' - April 1996; 'Elle' - May & December 1996; 'Glamour' - July & October 1996; 'Harper's Bazaar' - February & August 1996; 'Mademoiselle' - March 1996; 'Marie Claire' - May 1996; 'Sassy' - July 1996; 'Self' - May 1996; 'Shape' - June 1996; 'Vogue' - May 1996; 'Allure' - February, June & October 1997; 'Elle' - August 1997; 'Mademoiselle' - January 1997; 'Marie Claire' - April 1997, July & October 1997; 'Ocean Drive' - September 1997; Allure' - April 1998; 'Cosmopolitan' - March 1998; 'Ocean Drive' - July 8, 1998; 'Yahoo Internet Life' - October 1998; 'Shape' April 1999; 'Gear' - Fall 1999; 'Mademoiselle' - July 2000; 'Shape' - June 2000; 'Self' - August 2000; 'People' - June 04, 2001; 'Allure' - February 2002; 'Redbook' - February 2002; 'Shape' - March 2003; 'Shape' - December 2005; 'In Style Weddings' - Winter 2007; 'Modern Dog' - Fall 2010
Sadly, in July 1995, her younger sister Krissy (another promising model) passed away from asthma complications.
|Niki & Krissy Taylor - Vogue, May 1992|
In 1991, Niki was named as one of People magazine's '50 Most Beautiful People' and released her own calendar for several years. She appeared in the 1997, 1998 & 1999 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Editions. She appeared in the prestigious 'Sports Illustrated Knockouts: Five Decades of Swimsuit Photography' book. She was photographed often by Steven Meisel.
She has always loved dolphins, and got a dolphin tattoo on her ankle. Niki took singing and dance classes as a child, and they paid off when she appeared in Keith Urban's "Somebody Like You" music video. Niki has a beautiful website of her own.
|Niki Taylor Vogue UK circa 1992|
|“The Big Dip”, Allure US, March 1993Model : Niki Taylor|
|Niki Taylor • Sante D’Orazio • Vogue UK, “Denim Now”, February 1992|
|“Bikini Bound”, Vogue US, May 1994Photographer : Steven MeiselModel : Niki Taylor|
|Photographer : Steven Meisel Magazine : Vogue US, May 1994 Model : Niki Taylor|
|Krissy and Niki Taylor 1992 Seventeen Magazine|
|“Chic City”, VOGUE Italia, January 1992 Photographer: Tiziano Magni Model: Niki Taylor|
|Allure US May 1996|
|March 1998 cover with Niki Taylor|
|Niki Taylor with her dogs Ace and Jessie|
|☆ Niki Taylor | Photography by Steven Meisel | For Vogue Magazine US | May 1994 ☆|
|Linda Evangelista, Niki Taylor & Shalom Harlow by Steven Meisel for Vogue US, 1994|